The path not taken.
- Oct 9, 2009
- Reaction score
Published on Dec 15, 2008
The third theme to be presented in the film of Star Trek The Motion Picture would be the Klingon Theme (Klingon Battle)(which Goldsmith actually wrote rather late while scoring the film). The Klingon theme also displays two other themes, Vejur, and a minor theme that is used for Starfleet at the start of "Klingon Battle". This theme for the Klingon's would only appear once in the entire score, and that would be due for the fact that they would only appear at the start of the movie. This is probably as close as you get when it comes to action music with this score. It's a rather exotic theme with some heavy bass added in, but that's mostly due to Vejur's theme clashing with the Klingons in the film. The use of the Blaster Beam is quite apparent, and it's not a very comfortable sound to listen too, but it sure is effective. Resonating in the bass region, this clearly menacing instrument is another representation of the mysterious Vejur cloud.
The Blaster Beam wouldn't be used to such a degree again in any other score. It was used in Star Trek II, and First Contact, but never to a degree where it's painfully obvious that the Metal Monster Pipe was being used. A synthetic version of it was used it First Contact, and the actual Blaster Beam was used in Star Trek II, but if you don't pay attention you may miss it. Rather hard to believe I know, but Horner's score is a more harsh and action oriented piece of music.